Let us guess. You’re here because you probably had a ‘gait analysis’ done at a shoe store and were advised to wear running shoes that ‘reduces’ or ‘corrects’ your pronation.
Or you read something about over-pronation on the internet, so you landed on this page to do further research before finally deciding which shoe to buy.
But let’s make it clear right away – the so-called stability running shoes will not ‘cure’ or even correct your overpronation. Everyone pronates; this inward-rolling movement is a naturally occurring component of the gait cycle. The only difference is that a certain population of runners roll in a lot more than the others.
To counter the exaggerated movement, the ‘medial-post’ was invented a few decades ago – which is a firmer wedge of foam over the inner midsole. The underlying theory was that the harder inner midsole prevents the foot from rolling excessively inwards.
It sounded great on paper and also made sense in the 70s and 80s. Back then, running shoes had thin, blown EVA foam midsoles that packed quickly and lost their structure within a few months. We already covered this subject in detail in one of our 2015 shoe reviews, so we won’t devote any more screen space.
The bottomline is – modern-day stability running shoes with a medial-post are redundant. Perhaps vintage stability shoes were partially effective, but then those were ugly looking beasts with over-sized medial-posts. Now that’s a medial post.
Midsole foams have come of age, so even neutral shoes are supportive enough. To nobody’s surprise, recent traditional stability shoe updates have evolved into supportive neutrals. Look no further than the New Balance Vongo or the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 for proof.
So if traditional overpronation-control shoes are a relic of the past, why does this buyer’s guide exist?
There are two reasons. The first is to tell you that you don’t need expensive ‘pronation-control’ running shoes.
The other reason is that a lot of runners want the feeling of a firmer medial wedge, the same way some prefer insoles that provide a sense of under-arch support.
At the end of the day, wearing a medially-posted running shoe is a personal choice. To that end, we’ve put together a list of traditional stability shoes.
Unlike our other stability shoe guide that also included non-posted support shoes and stable neutrals, this article only focuses on models with a firmer stability wedge.
So if you don’t see shoes like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20, you know why. adidas and Mizuno also do not sell shoes with a medial post, so they’re left out too. The Saucony Guide ISO 2 graced this guide last year, but the new Guide 13 does not.
One good thing about most shoes on this guide is that their wedges aren’t intrusive. So even runners who otherwise run in ‘neutral’ shoes can buy them without any worries.
Here’re our picks that are sorted alphabetically by brand:
1) Asics Gel-Kayano 26
The Kayano has been around for over two decades and a half, and is one of the most popular running shoes with a medial post.
Though it has been through its ups and downs, the core design has stayed the same. For its 26th edition, the Kayano sports a softer forefoot Flytefoam midsole along with the ever-familiar combination of a medial post, rearfoot Gel pads, and a plastic midfoot shank.
This is is an expensive shoe. But if you want a comfortable and well-fitting medially-wedged trainer, then the Kayano 26 is a dependable choice.
2) Asics Gel GT-2000 8
Is it just us, or are Asics shoes looking better with each passing year? Though the GT-2000 8 is as traditional as they come, the fit and feel is an improvement.
The new midsole conceals no surprises. There’s the harder ‘Duomax’ medial post occupying its usual place and gives the ride its familiar motion-control undertone. The Flytefoam layers provide the distance-friendly cushioning and support that is expected of this daily trainer.
The interiors fit true to size and have a smooth and soft wrap owing to the updated material package. Everything is fused over the ventilated mesh, so there are no seams to bother you.
All in all, a well-rounded GT-2000 this one is. It’s an excellent alternative if one doesn’t want to spend extra on the Kayano 26.
3) Asics GT-1000 8
Now you know where this is heading – the Kayano has all the fancy trims, the GT-2000 8 is somewhere in the middle, and the GT-1000 8 is the mildest ‘stability shoe’ of the three. It is also the least expensive.
The GT-1000’s medial post is so small that it is practically non-existent. At the same time, the GT is supportive as well as surprisingly well-cushioned, so it’s a decent medially-posted running shoe at good price-value.
4) Brooks Beast ’18
The Beast ’18 embraces the conventional stability shoe ideal in all its 13-ounce glory. The modern take on stability shoes be damned; the Beast features a gargantuan firmer medial post and a plastic stabilizer on an ultra-wide midsole that means business.
There’s plenty of cushioning packed within the stable midsole. The foam isn’t overly soft so the sense of lateral bias isn’t very strong here. The upper is plush and fits slightly snug – though nowhere as tight as the older models.
5) Brooks Addiction 13
The Addiction 13 is another mega-stability shoe from Brooks. Is there a reason why should anybody buy this over the Beast ’18?
Yes, there are a couple of reasons. You get more interior space along with a full-coverage outsole. It’s also got a better looking upper design than the relatively plain Beast.
6) Mizuno Wave Horizon 3
The Mizuno Wave Horizon 3 doesn’t have a medial post – at least in the conventional sense. So why is it on this list?
To answer that question, take a look at the inner midsole. The Wave plate is almost a solid structure on the medial midsole as opposed to the pliable outer side.
This design imparts the Wave Horizon’s ride with a strong motion-control character. The midsole isn’t lacking in cushioning at all; the dual-density foam stack offers superb underfoot padding.
And the Horizon has the plushest upper of all the shoes that feature on this guide. Plenty of room too.
7) New Balance 860V10
The 860 has been a New Balance stability shoe staple for almost 10 years. The V10 introduces new updates to its upper and midsole design but a firmer medial-post still remains a part of the scenery.
There are four optional widths, and the standard ‘D’ width has sufficient interior space.
That’s all good, but what’s with New Balance changing the collar of all its shoes to the less-than-ideal ‘ultra heel’ design?
8) New Balance 1260V7
The 1260V7 is to the 860 what the Asics Kayano is to the GT-2000 or the Saucony Hurricane to the Guide. Still don’t get it?
In other words, the 1260 is a medially-posted stability shoe with superior trims and materials than the 860. The midsole has a larger posting along with a FuelCell foam insert under its mid and rearfoot for ride comfort and responsiveness.
The same goes for the upper, whose true-to-size interiors are made of softer upper materials. The 1260 even has a better heel fit than the new 860’s ‘ultra heel’ construction.
9) Nike Structure 22
There used to be a time when Nike had a three-tiered stability shoe construct in the form of the Odyssey, Structure, and the Perseus.
But the glory days of traditional stability shoes are long gone, and the Structure 22 is the last one standing. It will be likely be replaced by the React Infinity Run, based on how Nike is marketing the latter.
Even mild-stability models like the Lunarglide and Lunareclipse are off Nike’s menu, so the Structure is the only medially-posted shoe available. The upper is true-to-size, sleeved, and smooth inside. The Flywire cables work with the lacing for a secure midfoot fit.
The ride is firm – more so than other shoes like the GT-2000 on this list. While its closest competitor is the New Balance 860, the Structure’s Zoom Air powered forefoot adds a different flavor to the ride.
10) Reebok Grasse Road 2 ST
The Grasse Road 2 ST is an ‘almost-neutral’ running shoe, and its low-profile medial post is the only reason for its inclusion on this guide. The said wedge doesn’t cover the entire midsole sidewall but is located below a layer of Floatride foam.
This design makes the medial post completely non-invasive. Even if the midsole didn’t have this firmer wedge, it would have been hard to tell the difference.
Considering that most of the midsole is made of the cushioned and responsive Floatride e-TPU foam, the Grasse Road ST is a comfortable daily trainer for most runs.
11) Saucony Hurricane ISO 5
A full-length Everun foam midsole makes the Hurricane ISO 5 a densely cushioned shoe. The just-released Hurricane 22 is a softer shoe with an updated ride and fit quality, and we’ll feature that shoe here once we have more data.
The Hurricane has a large firmer foam wedge locked in. As a result, the medial midsole is a bit firmer but does not skew the overall ride dynamics.
The ISOFIT sleeved upper feels soft and comfortable inside with plenty of foot splay room. This is the last Hurricane model with the ISOFIT upper; the V22 goes the Triumph 17 route.
12) Saucony Redeemer ISO 2
Every brand that sells old-school stability shoes (Asics, Brooks, New Balance among others) also have a mega-stability shoe in their assortment.
For Saucony, the Redeemer ISO 2 happens is that shoe. The ultra-wide EVA foam midsole has a large foam wedge that connects to a plastic ‘support frame’ on the upper for integrated medial side stability. The thick midsole and the Everun Topsole delivers ample cushioning along with the padded blown-rubber outsole.
The true fitting upper has a bit of the previous-gen Saucony Triumph vibe – lots of metallic overlays over a soft, layered mesh upper.
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